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PGCE/PCE in Post Compulsory Education and Training (PCET)

The PCET programme offers the opportunity to study a highly valued qualification that enables graduates to teach in a range of post-compulsory education settings.

Offered both full and part-time, we have a range of entry options to suit recent graduates, those already in employment, as well as those returning to study following a break.

University-based taught elements focusing on best practice in supporting and developing learning combined with practical teaching experience support you in applying theory to practice and help develop your skills as an aspiring teaching professional.


We offer a number of pathway options dependent on your qualifications on entry as follows:

  • Professional Certificate in Education and Training – suitable for those applying who do not hold an undergraduate degree but have extensive experience within their profession and may already be engaging in some teaching and/or training as part of this.
  • Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and Training – suitable for those applying who already hold an undergraduate degree and wish to obtain a teaching qualification for the post-16 sector.
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education and Training – suitable for those applying who already hold an undergraduate degree and wish to gain some master’s level credits as part of their studies to put towards an appropriate MA qualification following completion.
    • Please note that the Postgraduate Certificate is not an enrollable award. Eligible students wishing to undertake it may be able to transfer to this programme following completion of the part 1 modules; this is subject to programme manager agreement.

Applications are made directly through to UWTSD, and are accepted throughout the academic year.

Informal enquiries are welcome to the programme team if you would like to check if the course is suitable for you, and applicants are invited to an informal interview after applying in order to assess their requirements ahead of the start of the programme.

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Contact Name: Caroline Lewis

Full time: £9,000
Part Time: £2,110 per year
Not Applicable

Why choose this course?

  1. Studying for a postgraduate or professional qualification is an investment in your career. We aim to equip you with the tools to enable you to transform your life and provide you with an education that makes you both confident and competent to embrace your chosen career path.
  2. This course offers those with a degree in a subject not widely taught on PGCE courses such as psychology, law, media, nursing to obtain a professional teaching qualification necessary to teach their subject specialism.
  3. A flexible and transferable qualification, this award is recognised throughout the post-compulsory sector.
  4. We offer small class sizes to help facilitate debate and discussion in a friendly and supportive atmosphere where getting to know you as a student is central to everything we do.

What you will learn

Course Overview

If you would like to teach or train in the post-16 sector, whether that is in further education, higher education, work based learning, industry training, or other vocational setting, then this programme will be of interest to you. It will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to make a real difference as a teaching professional to the learners you will support.

A key emphasis is placed on the connection between practice and theory throughout our programmes. Through developing your skills in reflective practice you will be able to explore ways to develop and enhance your potential as an educator at every step of the way.

We focus on achieving excellent outcomes for trainees to become outstanding professionals, who understand the power of education to transform the lives of individuals and fulfil individual potential.

Please note that this programme does not confer Qualified Teacher Status

Module Topics

Teaching Toolkit 1 (20 credits; core)

Offers the chance to explore some of the key teaching skills such as lesson planning, setting learning objectives and monitoring student success within the classroom.

Additional Learning Needs & Inclusive Practice (10 credits; core)

Aims to develop awareness of how to support learners with additional needs within post-compulsory education.

Managing Behaviour and Supporting Learner Engagement (10 credits; core)

This module seeks to explore strategies for positive behaviour management and intervention strategies relevant for post-16 learners.

Digital Innovation and Professional Practice (20 credits; core)

In this module you will explore some of the ways in which digital learning tools can be used to enhance and support the learning experience and your own teaching practice.

The Teaching Toolkit 2 (20 credits; core)

Now that you have developed the core skills, we move onto more detailed consideration of aspects of curriculum development, quality assurance measures and examining contemporary issues within post-compulsory education.

Action Research Project (20 credits; core)

This module offers you the chance to investigate and explore an issue of professional interest to you and to present your findings in an appropriate context.

Professional Development and the PCET Practitioner (20 credits; core)

This module aims to support you in considering the role of professional development including how to develop your own professional profile for future employability and career progression.


All modules are assessed via coursework which emphasises your ability to link theory to practice.

Key Information

Entry Criteria

Entry for the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education and Training requires an undergraduate degree minimum 2.2 classification.

Entry for the Professional Certificate in Education and Training requires an appropriate period of professional experience to have been completed prior to entry.

All applicants will be invited to an interview to discuss their application further and to ascertain their suitability for the programme.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from the programme are highly employable in a range of teaching and training sectors across a varied range of professions.

Additional Costs

DBS enhanced checks are mandatory as part of the programme entry requirements and applicants are responsible for the additional costs of this.

Travelling to professional teaching experience placement settings may incur costs for the student and can vary depending on the location of the setting. Where placements are arranged on behalf of the student, every effort will be made to meet individual requirements (including location preferences) but cannot be guaranteed.

Related Courses

Well-being, Learning & Professional Development (MA)

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.


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